Fans are going to have a mighty long wait for original episodes of ABC's two new serialized dramas.
 
ABC has set returns for "V" and "FlashForward," with both shows holding back new hours until March.
 
"V" had always been scheduled for an first-run pod airing, with a creative hiatus and a showrunner swap only making the long break inevitable. The series aired four episodes in November, with the second and third losing viewers precipitously from the premiere and the fourth episode stabilizing. 
 
As had been widely speculated, in its spring return, "V" will take the Tuesday night 10 p.m. time slot after "Lost." The series will return for the start of its back-nine on Tuesday, March 30, 2010.
 
That long hiatus allows "V" to actually write and produce subsequent episodes and then it spares ABC from having to air said episodes against NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics. 
 
While placing "V" next to the final season of "Lost" seems dramatically compatible, it's worth remembering that the last alien drama to air with a "Lost" lead-in, "Invasion," failed to make it past a single season. In fact, "Lost" has proven to be a largely ineffective launching pad over the years. But maybe this time will be different?
 
At least "FlashForward" will have scheduling stability after its long absence.
 
The news that "FlashForward" was taking the early spring off surprised many observers when it was mentioned during the show's 2009 finale on Thursday (December 3) night. The drama, plagued by its own minor showrunner drama and suffering regular viewership erosion since its premiere, will now be off the air until March 4, 2010, when it will retain its Thursday 8 p.m. slot.